Dennis joined SERI as a researcher in November 2014. He has a BA (with majors in anthropology and philosophy) and an honours degree in social anthropology from the University of Pretoria. He is currently completing his masters in social anthropology at the same university. Before joining SERI he was a junior lecturer in social and cultural anthropology at St John Mary Vianney Seminary.
Dennis’ research has covered the intersections between state and citizen in the context of state bureaucracies, and the experiences of ‘hidden communities’ in Pretoria’s CBD. His theoretical interests include Marxism, social movement theories, anarchist perspectives of local and broader processes, pan-Africanist visions of the future, and the importance of everyday communism and the mundane in the construction and reconstitution of human relationships.
- Herman Mashaba’s pro-poor plans for Joburg seem a bit rich, Dennis Webster and Alana Potter, Business Day (12 May 2017).
- New Guide will assist Street Traders to Protect their Rights, Dennis Webster, Daily Maverick (4 April 2017).
- Letter to Editor: Zille wrong to blame the poor for the Cape's housing crisis, Dennis Webster and Daneel Knoetze, Daily Maverick (10 March 2017).
- Giving land to Philippi residents a first step to redress, Dennis Webster and Edward Molopi, Business Day (6 February 2017).
- Wine Workers Win Resounding Battle, But Cannot Win The War Alone, Dennis Webster, Huffington Post (1 December 2016).
- Joburg’s vision blind to street life, Mbekezeli Benjamin and Dennis Webster, Business Day (4 December 2015).
- The streets at stake in Johannesburg, Dennis Webster, openGlobalRights (10 September 2015).
- Look to owners and state for 'bad buildings', Dennis Webster and Michael Leonard, Mail and Guardian (31 July 2015).
- Disdain for rule of law hurts poor, Irene de Vos and Dennis Webster, Business Day (27 July 2015).
- Clean sweep of the poor is not constitutional, Dennis Webster, Mail and Guardian (17 April 2015).
- Ke Molao Wa Rona: Joburg continues its anti-poor approach, Dennis Webster, Daily Maverick (27 February 2015).